Physical Activity and Nutrition Program
Obesity in Idaho
According to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese. In Idaho, 27% of adults are obese (BMI > 30) while 62.3% of adults are either overwieght (BMI > 25) or obese (2011 Idaho BRFSS).
In addition, more than 82% of Idaho adults did not eat the minimum recommended 5+ servings of fruit and vegetables each day and more than 21% of adults did not participate in any leisure time activity (2011 Idaho BRFSS).
A 2008-9 school year BMI assessment of Idaho students in all odd grades 1 through 11 found that overall, 30.5% of Idaho school children sampled were classified as overweight or obese. The study found that significantly more boys were obese than girls.
Based on results of the 2011/12 Idaho 3rd Grade BMI assessment
and the 2011 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, there are an estimated 6,200 (29%) overweight or obese 3rd grade students and 17,700 (23%) overweight or obese high school students (grades 9 through 12) in Idaho.
The mission of Idaho's Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (IPAN) is to promote a culture of health and vigor by encouraging and enabling Idahoans to be physically active and make good food choices, across the lifespan.
IPAN's main message, "Do It For Life!" includes four core messages:
CHANGE - Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Idaho's Healthy Communities Program is engaging communities and mobilizing partnerships to focus on chronic disease prevention. Utilizing the CDC's Community Health Assessment
aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool guide, and with the assistance of Idaho's local public health districts, seven communities are working to assess the places and organizations that touch people's lives every day—schools, work sites, health care sites, and other community settings—to turn the tide on the national epidemic of chronic diseases. Community members will
be working together to address gaps
and barriers to health promoting environments and create healthy choices and places where people live, learn, work,and play. Creating sustainable changes that address the major risk factors—tobacco, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating - are the focus areas of this health assessment.
Today, chronic diseases affect almost 50% of Americans and account for 7 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and arthritis cause suffering and limitations to daily life for many individuals. Preventable health risk factors such as tobacco use and exposure, insufficient physical activity, and poor nutrition contribute greatly to the development and severity of many chronic diseases. The Healthy Communities Program is helping to prevent chronic diseases by working to reduce health risk factors and attain health equity.
In 2011-12, the seven communities undergoing the CHANGE Tool process include:
Health District 1: Post Falls
Health District 2: Lewiston
Health District 3: Emmett
Health District 4: Meridian
Health District 5: Rupert
Health District 6: Pocatello
Health District 7: Madison County
Eastern Idaho Chronic Disease Partnership
The Eastern Idaho Chronic Disease Partnership is a group of healthcare professionals whose main focus is reducing the burden of chronic diseases on individuals, families and community partners. The Partnership meets every other month and sponsors both professional development and community-based events. If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in this group, please contact Kaylene Craig at (208) 533-3150.
For More Information
For more information about any of the Physical Activity and Nutrition programs at Eastern Idaho Public Health District, please contact:
Physical Activity and Nutrition Program Coordinator
Eastern Idaho Public Health District
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
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